Tennessee Central Railway: The First 50 Years

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For over 60 years, the Tennessee Central Railway spanned 296 miles, linking western Kentucky with middle and east Tennessee. Visionary businessman Jere Baxter consolidated several railroads over the course of five years. By 1904, his new railway was serving numerous coal mines on its eastern end. The colorful regional road was loved and revered by citizens in the cities it served. The scrappy homespun railroad would spend most of its existence fighting for survival as it faced aggressive competition from other railroads and fended off bankruptcy on several occasions.
ISBN: 9781467108799
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Tennessee
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 176
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author and historian Ralcon Wagner has been an avid railroad enthusiast all his life. He started researching the history of the Tennessee Central as a teenager more than 50 years ago. For this volume, the author has selected rare archival images from several historical groups and from his own collection, with most having never been published. Wagner has written numerous articles for national historical magazines over the years and is the author of Nashville’s Streetcars and Interurban Railways and South Nashville. He and his wife, Rita, reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
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